By. M. Stewart
LUNENBURG – The Lunenburg High boys’ lacrosse program has had the fortune of benefiting from 13 key seniors over the last several years. Fresh off a district clinching victory a week prior, the Blue Knights continued their forward momentum Monday dispatching St. Peter-Marian by a 12-4 margin at home.
Lunenburg (11-4) will make the postseason for the third time in the last four years.
“Our success starts with our senior class,,”Lunenburg head coach Mike Fratturelli said. “They play well together and know each other’s tendencies.”
After a defensive stalemate in the first quarter, leading to a 0-0 draw, Lunenburg broke into the scoring 46 seconds into the second as Chris Chow took the feed at the right side and got Lunenburg on the board.
Connor Viviano, who scored his 100th career point in the game, was next about 2 minutes later, when Declan Fitzpatrick (3g, 4a) connected on a nice pass from behind the net, and Viviano buried it, making it 2-nil. The scoring continued as Dawson Powell (2g, 2a) scored on the fast break while on the man-down, and then the Blue Knights rattled off three goals in the final minute to take a 6-0 lead into the locker room. SPM drops to 5-8 with the loss.Spearheading the three-goal flurry to end the quarter was Donovan Powell who scored on a beautiful behind the back goal on a breakaway.
“That’s our game, we play the running game,” Fratturelli said. “When the opposing team allows us to run on them too much, we have guys that can finish on them. That’s our game and we got a little bit of that in the second quarter.”
St. Peter-Marian struck twice to start the second half, but then it was all Lunenburg. Fitzpatrick took the feed in a crowd from Viviano, and delivered it home. Next with 4:47 left in the third, some crisp passing resulted in a goal for Nick Huntington, making it a commanding 8-2 lead.
The landmark milestone point for Viviano came just 49 seconds into the fourth quarter when he delivered a pass in a flock of Guardians to Fitzpatrick who dotted around before getting his final marker on the day, which gave Fitzpatrick his hat-trick.